Sticks and Stones

Think about the way you talked today. How did you use your words? Were they used to build up or tear down? To give life or kill?

Words have the power to fill hearts or break them; lift spirits or kill them. They can make you laugh or they can make you cry (even if when no one else is looking).

Proverbs 12:18 says, “There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” Matthew 12:37 says, “For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” 

Whoever said, “Sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me,” obviously never had an interpersonal relationship with anyone.  Words do hurt and, according to Paul, they can kill.  Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive. The venom of asps is under their lips. (Romans 3:10) Words are remembered in the heart and mind, and are carried emotionally and spirituallyuntil death.  Words can kill slowly and softly.

Before you speak, THINK:

T – Is it TRUE?

H – Is it HELPFUL?

I – Is it INSPIRING?

N – Is it NECESSARY?

K – Is it KIND?

Regardless of who you are speaking to, remember that the words you say carry more power than you think. Choose your words carefully today. Speak life into someone! It’s your opportunity to change the world one word at a time!

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